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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Biden Won't Penalize Saudi Crown Prince Over Khashoggi's Killing, Fearing Relations Breach  —  The decision will disappoint the human rights community and members of his own party who complained during the Trump administration that the U.S. was failing to hold Mohammed bin Salman accountable.
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Saudi crown prince approved 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, U.S. intelligence report concludes  —  Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the operation that led to the brutal 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to a long-withheld U.S. intelligence report made public Friday.
Antony J. Blinken / United States Department of State:
Accountability for the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi  —  In October 2018, the world was horrified by the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a lawful permanent resident of the United States, in the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.  Individuals should be able to exercise their human rights …
CNN:
US intelligence report finds Saudi Crown Prince responsible for approving operation that killed Khashoggi
Politico:
Intel report finds Saudi crown prince approved Khashoggi murder
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
White House and press are at odds over plan to charge reporters for coronavirus testing  —  Reporters who cover the White House may soon be paying what amounts to an admission fee to do their jobs.  —  Starting Monday, the White House's press office said it will start charging journalists …
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Mike Memoli / NBC News:
Past marijuana use won't automatically disqualify Biden White House staff  —  WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is issuing new guidelines Friday meant to address an unexpected hurdle it faced as it aimed to quickly fill key White House positions: recreational marijuana use.
Discussion: Breitbart, HotAir and The Hill
Sean Hannity:
CRUZ at CPAC: ‘They Want Him to Go Away’ but 'Donald J. Trump Ain't Going ANYWHERE!'  —  Texas Senator Ted Cruz delivered an explosive speech at CPAC Friday morning before a packed crowd in Orlando; telling conservative voters that Donald Trump “ain't going anywhere!”
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Sinéad Baker / Insider:
Don Jr. slammed Republicans who ‘lose gracefully’ and said that Trump showed ‘you can actually push back’
Discussion: The Intellectualist
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Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
This golden statue of Trump at CPAC is a perfect metaphor for the state of the GOP  —  Apparently CPAC attendees missed the part of the Bible about the Golden Calf.  —  The Golden Calf is one of the most famous stories in the Old Testament.  The Israelites, newly freed from Egyptian slavery …
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
Some Democrats want to fire the Senate parliamentarian who scuttled $15 minimum-wage plans.  It's been done once before.  —  As Democrats sought to use budget reconciliation to keep Republicans from filibustering a minimum-wage increase in the Senate, the decision on whether to allow the measure …
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Senator Josh Hawley:
Hawley Announces Legislation To Require $15 Minimum Wage for Billion-Dollar Corporations
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
‘Plan B’ for $15 minimum wage unveiled
HuffPost:
Revealed: Meet The Trump Fanatic Who Tasered A Cop At The Capitol Insurrection  —  Danny “DJ” Rodriguez brawled with cops, tried to smash out a Capitol window, and assaulted a police officer on Jan. 6.  He's still at large.  —  The man in the red “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” hat seemed to think he was untouchable.
Discussion: The Guardian
BuzzFeed News:
New York Times Columnist David Brooks Wrote A Blog Post For Facebook's Corporate Website  —  On Tuesday, New York Times columnist David Brooks published a 900-word ode to Facebook Groups and how they foster online communities around the world.  —  The column didn't appear in Brooks' usual spot in the Times …
Shannon Stirone / The Atlantic:
Mars Is a Hellhole  —  There's no place like home—unless you're Elon Musk.  A prototype of SpaceX's Starship, which may someday send humans to Mars, is, according to Musk, likely to launch soon, possibly within the coming days.  But what motivates Musk?  Why bother with Mars?
Discussion: Pharyngula
Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
‘Humiliated’ Rioter Jessica Watkins Vows to Ditch the Oath Keepers: ‘Time to Let All of That Go’  —  Jessica Watkins defended her actions at the Jan. 6 riot in court Friday—but said she'd renounce the far-right group.  “I did it out of love for my country,” she said of the siege.
Discussion: CNN, Forbes, KYMA-TV, Law & Crime and Raw Story
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
U.S. diplomat openly calls for Christian nation-states, rails against Jews  —  A State Department official for several years has been publicly calling for the establishment of Christian nation-states, warning that white people face “elimination” and railing against Jews as well as Black Lives Matter and other social movements.
Carol E. Lee / NBC News:
Cruz received a special ‘welcome back’ message in Senate gym  —  Sen. Ted Cruz's colleagues had a little fun at the Texas Republican's expense when he returned to Washington this week following his infamous trip to Cancun.  —  When senators arrived at the Senate gym on Wednesday morning …
William Wan / Washington Post:
How this summer could bring the pandemic relief we're longing for  —  Coronavirus cases could increase in spring with variants.  Summer may bring some normalcy.  But the virus is almost certainly here to stay.  —  It's been months since David Rubin's children have seen their 87-year-old grandmother …
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
‘Superman’ Reboot In The Works At Warner Bros With Ta-Nehisi Coates Writing, J.J. Abrams Producing  —  Deadline has confirmed that author Ta-Nehisi Coates is writing a Superman reboot feature for Warner Bros and DC, which J.J. Abrams is producing under his Bad Robot label.  —  Hannah Minghella will serve as producer.
Discussion: Breitbart, Variety and UPI
WNBA.com:
WNBA Approves Sale of Atlanta Dream to Larry Gottesdiener  —Former Dream Player Renee Montgomery to be Member of Ownership Group-  —  Atlanta, Georgia (February 26, 2021) - The WNBA and NBA Boards of Governors have unanimously approved the sale of the Atlanta Dream to Larry Gottesdiener …
Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
Teachers Unions Aren't the Obstacle to Reopening Schools  —  Donald Trump Jr. is thinking of the children.  “One of the things I want to talk about,” he said in a recent video, “is the teachers unions.”  Sitting in front of a wall of guns, he continued: They're “out of control,” they're …
Discussion: HuffPost and HotAir
Megan Garber / The Atlantic:
American Cynicism Has Reached a Breaking Point  —  On Tuesday evening, at the start of his Fox News show, Tucker Carlson shared the results of an investigation that he and his staff had conducted into a well-known agent of American disinformation.  “We spent all day trying to locate the famous QAnon …
Associated Press:
Some local GOP leaders fire up base with conspiracies, lies  —  A faction of local, county and state Republican officials is pushing lies, misinformation and conspiracy theories that echo those that helped inspire the violent U.S. Capitol siege, online messaging that is spreading quickly …
Discussion: Raw Story and WEB OF EVIL
Wall Street Journal:
J&J Single-Dose Covid-19 Vaccine Gains Backing From FDA Advisory Panel  —  Endorsement by medical experts marks final step before an FDA decision on authorizing the shot  —  Johnson & Johnson's single-dose Covid-19 vaccine was effective “across demographic subgroups” in a late-stage study …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How Trumpism Has Become a Cult of Losing  —  In the American system, with the president's dual roles of symbolic head of state and head of government, defeated presidents generally fade from sight.  The last two presidents to be defeated after a single term, George Bush and Jimmy Carter, immediately entered into political exile.
Discussion: Democrats, Raw Story and New York Times
CNN:
More than a dozen Republicans tell House they can't attend votes due to ‘public health emergency.’ They're slated to be at CPAC.  —  (CNN)More than a dozen of former President Donald Trump's closest Republican allies in the House have skipped Friday's votes and enlisted their colleagues to vote …
Discussion: Insider, Raw Story and WISC-TV
Joseph Pisani / Associated Press:
Mr. Potato Head drops the mister, sort of  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Is it Mr. Potato Head or not?  —  Hasbro created confusion Thursday when it announced that it would drop the “Mr.” from the brand's name in order to be more inclusive and so all could feel “welcome in the Potato Head world.”
Bill Glauber / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
State treasurer Sarah Godlewski ‘seriously considering’ U.S. Senate run as Ron Kind also looks at race  —  As the potential Democratic runners get in position for next year's U.S. Senate race, a familiar name can't be dismissed.  —  That would be U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, who represents …
Vanity Fair:
“We're Not Opening the Dementia Thing”: Inside Team Biden's Freakout Over Julia Louis-Dreyfus's Trump Jokes  —  At the 2020 Democratic National Convention, Veep's showrunner clashed with organizers over the HBO star's act—an episode revealing how the Biden campaign tried to tamp down any drama on its road to the White House.
New York Times:
F.B.I. Said to Have Singled Out Potential Assailant in Capitol Officer's Death  —  The death of the officer, Brian Sicknick, after the Capitol riot has been a major focus for investigators scrutinizing the attack by a pro-Trump mob.  —  WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. has pinpointed an assailant …
Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
Tolerant Democrats have a plan — and it's coming for you  —  Conservatives live in a culture today that increasingly requires them not simply to tolerate what they do not like, but to embrace what their conscience tells them is wrong and affirm what ordinary people know to be false.  —  Worse is on the way.
New York Times:
An American Dream, Tarnished  —  For Xi'an Famous Foods, the pandemic has brought an uptick in aggression toward Asian-American employees, mirroring a trend seen across the United States.
Discussion: Gothamist
Jeannie Suk Gersen / New Yorker:
Seeking the True Story of the Comfort Women  —  How a Harvard professor's dubious scholarship reignited a history of mistrust between South Korea and Japan.  —  In January, I was outlining an article I hoped to write about a recent judgment by a South Korean court ordering Japan to pay compensation …
The White House:
A Return to Science: Evidence-Based Estimates of the Benefits of Reducing Climate Pollution  —  On January 27, 2021, President Biden issued a Memorandum directing Federal agencies to make decisions guided by the best available science and data.  Today, we are taking an important early step …
Jeffrey Sachs / Arc Digital:
The New War on Woke  —  State and national governments try to suppress critical race theory, social justice, and related concepts  —  “U  —  nlawful propagation of divisive concepts.  ” That's the subheading of a bill now under debate in New Hampshire.  If passed, it would prohibit …
 
 
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Josh Hawley, who tried to derail Biden's presidency, now champions ‘the rule of the people’
Discussion: Fox News and Grand Forks Herald
Michelle Hackman / Wall Street Journal:
Arrests of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children at Southern Border Surge
Matthew Cappucci / Washington Post:
NOAA mulls moving start of Atlantic hurricane season up to May 15
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Sheila Washington Dies at 61; Helped Exonerate Scottsboro Boys
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The evolution of CPAC's speaker lineup is the story of the GOP
Discussion: Politico, IJR and POLITICUSUSA
Michael Rubin / 19FortyFive:
Joe Biden's Syria Airstrike Hit the Wrong Target
U.S. Department of Justice:
United Airlines to Pay $49 Million to Resolve Criminal Fraud Charges and Civil Claims
Discussion: Politico, Reuters and The Daily Caller
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
Big Finance, BigLaw, and Biden's Big Choices
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Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
In DeSantis vs. Hogan, two competing visions of the GOP for 2024
Discussion: Salon
Marissa Lang / Washington Post:
As fractures emerge among Proud Boys, experts warn of a shift toward extremist violence
Discussion: Raw Story
David Gilbert / VICE:
QAnon Isn't So Sure Trump Will Magically Become President Again on March 4
Discussion: New York Times and Political Wire
American Greatness:
Kavanaugh and Barrett's Share of the Shame